Now that Caleb Johnson has been voted the winner of American Idol season 13, the highly successful television show is taking it on the road. American Idol Live! is set to begin a summer concert tour that touches down at the Nassau Coliseum on Fri., Jul. 11, 2014. Johnson is scheduled to appear along with runners-up Jena Irene, Alex Preston, Jessica Meuse and the entire Idol crew, minus contestants Ben Briley, Emily Piritz and Kristen O’Connor, who did not make the final cut.
The Idol finale, which aired Wednesday on Fox, included performances from John Legend, Kiss, Demi Lovato, Lady Antebellum and Paramore. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and former Idol judge Randy Jackson were also on hand. But you have to wonder if the established professionals were brought on merely to anchor an entertainment phenomenon which may be fading. Or is it just American Idol that appears to have dipped in popularity?
What’s going on with the ratings?
Idol’s competitors over at NBC have brought out some pretty big guns lately, namely Gwen Stephani and “Happy” singer, Pharrell Williams. Whatever NBC is doing, it seems to be working. According to the BBC’s NewsBeat entertainment blog, “The Voice has recently leapfrogged Fox's American Idol in the ratings.” The BBC also reports that American Idol, which “hit a peak of 30.3 million viewers in the 2005-06 season, drew audiences of under 10 million this year.” And that’s not all.
The Los Angeles Times points out that The Voice “was the highest rated network show among young adults” on Monday night. By the way, The Voice helped propel NBC to a Monday evening prime-time win, the first in ten years.
Reality singing contests like American Idol and The Voice may have waned a bit in popularity lately, but for the moment, these shows remain moneymakers for the networks.